During New York Comic Con, it was announced that three unannounced Marvel films were tacked on the 2020 calendar for May 1, July 10, and November 6.
There's been much speculation about what properties would fill these film slots, whether they be sequels to established characters such as Guardians of the Galaxy or new properties that Marvel would probably introduce to start Phase 4.
(For simplicity, let's just assume that these films will start Phase 4 and won't be at the end of Phase 3.)
Here are my top three predictions for Marvel's 2020 films. I'll go ahead and predict which days these films will drop, too.
1. New Avengers - May 1, 2020
Anyone who's been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe closely knows that the month of May is a big deal for the franchise. Not only have films such as all three Iron Man films and the first Thor premiered in May, but all of the Avengers films have taken the May slot for their films as well.
Phase 1 ended with Marvel's The Avengers on May 4, 2012, while Phase 2's Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered on May 1, 2015. Even Phase 3 will see Avengers: Infinity War - Part I premiere on May 4, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 will premiere on May 3, 2019, just a day shy of being a year apart from its predecessor.
By taking the early May slots, the Avengers films literally start the summer blockbuster season, which is the primary reason why I believe a New Avengers film may start Phase 4 in 2020.
But will it be the same team that we saw at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, being Falcon, War Machine, Scarlet Witch, and Vision? I don't think so. I have a feeling that we'll see a fresh new team with maybe one or two veteran members--one of those members being Sam Wilson as the Falcon in my honest opinion. Maybe we'll get to see the Young Avengers for the first time. A fanboy can dream, right?
So for my first prediction, the May 1, 2020 slot is for New Avengers (with Young Avengers and The Runaways for mid-Phase 5?)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - July 10, 2020
Of my predictions, I feel like this one may be the one that's spot-on. At first glance, the first Guardians of the Galaxy was the Ant-Man before Ant-Man. It was risky for Marvel to take a shot. Not a lot of people knew who Star-Lord or Rocket Raccoon were, and the trailers left fans wondering how this ragtag team of heroes would fit into the scope of the universe.
But then the film was released, and it became, at one point, the highest grossing film of 2014. Now fans (including myself) are waiting anxiously for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, cleverly named by James Gunn, its director and screenwriter, who has yet to release tidbits of the film's synopsis and which new Guardian we'll see join the team.
So why Guardians Vol. 3 with a July 10, 2020 release date? Not just because there'd be a three-year gap between each film (Vol. 1 in 2014, Vol. 2 in 2017, and Vol. 3 in 2020), but also because the Guardians films feel like the summer films that deserve your attention. The first one was a comedic adventure with pink alien women and an awesome mix that was probably stuck in your head for days. It can be enjoyed as a continuation of the Marvel lore, or separately as a standalone space film. And how awesome would it be to see the end of a successful space trilogy other than Star Wars or Star Trek in the middle of the summer? And who knows; maybe this will launch Sam Alexander as Nova for the films. (Again, a fanboy can dream right?)
I'm casting my vote for Guardians by July 10. If I'm wrong, then so be it. But then again, it could just get the May date, so it's a win either way.
3. Doctor Strange 2/Black Panther 2 - November 6, 2020
I know, it's early to predict the sequels to films that haven't hit the theaters yet. Doctor Strange is in pre-production, while Black Panther is still in development. But I have a feeling that we may see their sequels sooner than later.
Doctor Strange will premiere on November 4, 2016, while Black Panther is set for a February 16, 2018 release. This gives enough time for production on their sequels. However, I can't seem to choose between the two. November feels like the right month to throw in a Doctor Strange film, but the four-year gap between the first film and the sequel seems massive, which is why Black Panther, which is only two years before the November 2020 date, seems like a better fit.
I'm excited for both of these heroes to hit the big screen and see how they impact the cinematic universe. For my third prediction, I'm thinking either Doctor Strange 2 or Black Panther 2 will get the November 6, 2020 slot.
So, to recap:
- May 1, 2020 - New Avengers
- July 10, 2020 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- November 6, 2020 - Doctor Strange 2 or Black Panther 2